Ok, I’m taking a break from the Christmas Traditions on the Cheap series for a minute.
Yesterday I decided to try making some Oreo Cookie “Truffles” that I had tasted a few years back. They were supposed to be for folks to eat at the community Christmas concert yesterday evening (in which I was supposed to do a solo). But the whole thing got canceled due to the threat of awful weather we had up north here. So I guess I’m ahead on my cookie making.
These were SO easy to make (a tad messy, but easy), and they are absolutely decadent to eat. They would be a great gift to give to coworkers, as a hostess gift etc. Also these things will get gobbled up at holiday parties!
Here is the recipe:
Take one package of Oreos (or in my case about 1 LB of the cheapest off brand version you can pick up at Aldi’s, Save a Lot etc) and throw it in your food processor. Pulverize totally. Add an entire block of cream cheese. Pulverise again until it forms a dough. Roll dough into walnut sized balls. Stick in fridge for 1 hour to firm up. Melt white chocolate (or regular chocolate) in a double boiler or the microwave. Dip balls into the chocolate and lay on wax paper to harden.
Tada! That’s it! Admittedly, if you don’t have a big food processor and have to do it in batches, or a few at a time in a blender, then mix it up in a mixing bowl (I’d cut the cream cheese into chunks and let it soften up on the counter first for that) it would be a bit more time intensive and messy. Plus the chocolate thing takes a little bit. You can eat them without the chocolate dip (Buddy and DH ate plenty that way) but it just makes them SOOOO good.
I made this with the chocolate cookies and white filling (dipped in white chocolate), and with the white cookies with white filling (dipped in dark chocolate). I bet if you bought something like nutter butters you would wind up with something that tasted pretty awesome too!
With the store brand cookies and cream cheese the price isn’t too bad (more expensive than other cookies that you cook from scratch, but much more decadent too). I was able to buy both Hershey and Ghiradelli chocolate chips at our local dollar store (I bought about a years supply too!) so that wasn’t so bad. The white chips I bought full price at AC Moore-less than $2 a bag I think and one bag covered all the truffles, as well as 6 pretzel logs and 6 mini pretzel twists (I wasn’t going to waste that melted chocolate.)
The pretzel logs dipped in white chocolate and rolled in sprinkles look like something out of a Harry and David catalog and taste way too good. I had to put all the completed truffles and pretzels into a plastic tub and then into the fridge we keep out in the garage-maybe that way they won’t all be gone by tomorrow!
OK, for those of you who would like this in actual recipe form to print out, I found the exact same thing at Recipezaar. Just click on Oreo Balls and you’ll be redirected. There is even a picture.